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The travel from San Ignacio to Olmos city is at a distance of 193 mi (311 km) on the highway and it takes about 10 hours. Civa is the terrestrial transportation company that covers this route, with bus tickets at s/. 31. The bus leaves at 6:45 p.m. from a main avenue of San Ignacio's center. Its destination is the Terminal Terrestre placed on the centra area of Olmos city. The climate in Olmos is dry and tropical, with maximum temperatures of 100 °F (38°C) in the summer days and minimum of 59 °F (15 °C) in the winter nights.
San Ignacio is known as “the Coffee land”, because coffee production is the main activity of the local farmers and also the city is famous for the bees honey and the density of the woods. It’s located at the department of Cajamarca, at the northern extreme of Peru, next to the border with Ecuador. At 8 mi (13 km) from the city you can find the Pinturas Rupestres de Faical (cave paintings) which it is believed date from 5.000 years ago. During this route you will appreciate the hunt scenes on the rock painted by the ancient residents of the area. Another touristic place you can visit is the Arrebiatadas lagoon, where the visitors go looking for mystic and therapeutic experiences. The Santuario Nacional Tabaconas Namballe is a natural site perfect for eco-tourism, because there are dense woods of mist and a rich flora and fauna, characteristic of the region. If you look for participating of a festival of San Ignacio we recommend you to visit the city at the end of September, for the festival of Santo Patrono San Ignacio.
Olmos is known as the lemon capital due to its production of great tradition and quality. In June they celebrate the Lemon Festival and the city's anniversary; there is a fair where the best lemons of the region are exhibited and you can buy them. On the celebration the locals choose a representative queen between the daughters and relatives of the farmers. In Olmos you can do ecological, archaeological and religious tourism. The main tourist attractions are the petroglyphs of Boliches, that date from 3.000 years of antiquity;the Zoo-breeding center of Pava Aliblanca, representative animal of Olmos that was believed extinguished; the Algarrobito de Nitape where the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared; and the Chalpón cross, in wood, embeded in the cavern where the locals go in pilgrimage. The most important festivals of Olmos are the fair of Chalpón cross, the anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin in Nitape, and the previously mentioned Lemon Fair. The main traditional dishes of Olmos are the kid with vegetables, "miga de pavo", cheeses and the typical drink "Festival del Limón".